Is 7:25 a.m. and I‘m a block away from my office when the red light goes on and I come to a complete stop. My 4 miles morning commute to work includes air1 at full blast, me singing aloud or laughing at the comments and the A/C on as it is summer time in the
Inland Empire. So, it was a real surprise when the light changes to green and my car stalls on me. The radio is off, the A/C is off, and I seem to be off as my brain tries to react to the unexpected. Total denial! I cannot believe the battery just died on me on the busiest street of Rancho Cucamonga. I’m a block away from work for crying out loud! Couldn’t Ravita (I named my cars) have just run for one more block and then rest in the parking lot? I turn the hazard lights on and all I can hear is people who are going to be late to work honking at me as if I could do something about it. I keep turning the ignition holding the clutch and pushing the gas pedal while asking God for help. All of the sudden I hear and feel a big loud bump on the back of my car. Did somebody just hit me?
Well, the story goes like this: I did get rear-ended and it all just happened in a couple of minutes but it sure felt like an eternity. I’m confused as I don’t see how or why this 2008 Lexus LS would decide to make a grand stop inside my trunk. Now then, nothing really happened to either car, thank God! I do have whiplash and light headache which is very normal after our fragile bodies go through such ordeal in seconds. The strangest feeling of déjà-vu has come to me. Just a few nights ago I had dreams of car accident and deaths. I have decided, however, that this minor accident will not ruin my day. I will not allow this trail to take ownership over myself. Instead, I got to push myself and rejoice in the wonders of God. Like my husband reassured me over the phone, I’m still alive and in good condition, that alone is the greatest blessing that God is granted me today. I cannot wait to see what else He’s got in store for me. My family and I “have decided to fully trust in Jesus Christ to work his miracle in our lives.” (M. MacIntosh)
Sammy Rodriguez just mentioned the other day that trials in our lives are a sign of being in the right place at the right time doing the work that God has called us to do. And as my friend Janeth texted me this morning: “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4